Pet owner fined over barking dog in Sheffield

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A pet owner has been fined for failing to stop his dog from barking loudly.

Balasingham Sujanthan, aged 35, of Sandstone Road, Wincobank, first came to the attention of Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service in late 2013, when complaints were received about the dog barking coming from his property.

He promised to take action, but the complaints continued and noise monitoring equipment was installed.

Because of the loudness of the barking Sujanthan was served with a noise abatement order after failing to come up with a plan om how to stop the dog barking.

When noise monitoring equipment was installed again in April, the loud barking was identified as continuing to be a problem.

Sujanthan was prosecuted at Sheffield Magistrates Court for breaching the noise abatement notice.

He admitted the charge and was fined £10 and ordered to pay £400 in costs to the council.

A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said: “Cases such as this demonstrate that we can, and will, take action against people who make their neighbours’ lives a misery through noise and other anti-social behaviour.”

To report a noise issue in Sheffield or to gain further advice on how to deal with problems visit www.sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2037410.